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Labor Day Weekend Didn't Fill Movie Theaters

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (4 Day Labor Day Weekend)
W I D E  L I M I T E D
1. THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD $13.3 (cum. $58) 
1. 🔺 INHUMANS  $1.5 new on 393 screens
2. ANNABELLE CREATION $9.3 (cum. $90.9)  2.  ðŸ”º DO IT LIKE AN HOMBRE  $1.4 new on 382 screens
3. WIND RIVER $7.9 (cum. $20.3) REVIEW
3. 🔺  PATTI CAKE$  $315k (cum. $603k) on 295 screens
4. LEAP  $6.5 (cum. $13)
4.  TRIP TO SPAIN $301k (cum. $623K) on 140 screens
5. LOGAN LUCKY $5.6 (cum. $22.6) REVIEW
5. 🔺  MENASHE $272k (cum. $1.3) on 126 screens REVIEW 
6. DUNKIRK $5.6 (cum. $180.2) PODCAST | TOM HARDY 6. 🔺 I DO... UNTIL I DON'T  $234k new on 165 screens
7. SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING $4.7 (cum. $325.1)  REVIEW
7. 🔺 VALLEY OF BONES $138K new on 300 screens 
8. THE EMOJI MOVIE $3.3 (cum. $81.2) REVIEW
8. A GENTLEMAN  $110k (cum. $385k) on 130 screens 
9. DESPICABLE ME 3 $3.3 (cum. $258.8) 9. MAUDIE $109k (cum. $5.9) on 106 screens REVIEW
10. NUT JOB 2 $2.9 (cum. $26.7)
10. ðŸ”º CROWN HEIGHTS $83k (cum. $167k) on 55 screens

🔺 = new or significant expansion

numbers from box office mojo 


This was the worst Labor Day weekend for the movie business in nearly two decades! Marvel's Inhumans, a tv series launched in movie theaters, didn't even excite people much. I went to a lakehouse with friends to enjoy the last bit of sun and water but we did rewatch Moana with friends' kids though. 

If you did get to the movies, which ones? If you saw Do it Like an Hombre, please report: was it as dated and homophobic-despite-being-about-how-homophobia-is-stupid as it looked? If you didn't, which films have you been thinking about? I have to admit that Wind River has been rustling around in my mind quite a bit after seeing it so I'm glad it's holding steady with audiences.

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Saw Don't Look Now in a packed sold out screening. And it was the most amazing movie ever! Wanted to see it again immediately.

September 4, 2017 | Registered CommenterMurtada Elfadl

I watched 'Mustang' for the first time and I loved it. Little Günes Sensoy is a miracle.

September 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEz

I braved Tulip Fever and it was a glorious mix of Romeo and Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Season 1 of Glee and The Big Short.
I feel blessed by the hot mess triple punch of Collateral Beauty, The Book of Henry and now Tulip Fever. Humbled and greatful.

September 4, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterchasm301

The choice of new movies is at an all time low {? )

I think this is going to do wonders for the opening of mother... it is the first "looking good "
movie to come along in weeks.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenternatalie

The Deuce (okay), Cafe Society (meh), Glow (good). I will be curious to hear what kind of reception mother! gets at Venice. I think it's too dark to be a hit, especially competing with "It."

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJono

I'm on vacation, so apart from watching Moana on the plane, it's a time out from movies. But I'm praying that Good Time, Ingrid Goes West and Logan Lucky stick around long enough that I don't miss them.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

I had a mega-movie marathon to catch up on the films i missed while away:
I saw:

Detroit: disappointing.
Patticake$: Loved!
The Limehouse Golem: Bored!
God's Own Country: Quite good

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Lewis

It's odd to me that a few weeks after posting how sensitive people can get against certain things or how easily people get insulted nowadays you mention that in your posts.

As for Do It Like an Hombre. Obviously well intentioned, tries to do a strong commentary on masculinity by subverting expectations but is a pretty vacuous attempt in the end. Not the worst work out there regarding homophobia, far from the most insightful either.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteve_Man

I watched Rosemary's Baby,this 50 yr old film continues to creep me out and i've have seen it quite a few times.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

I saw Patticake$ too & I watched Little Evil on Netflix so I got a double dose of Bridget Everett who I've not noticed before. I thought she was great in both!

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterchoog

It's a shame Ingrid Goes West doesn't seem to be ranking at all on the limited side...I loved it!

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBia

I managed to buck the trend this weekend, seeing two movies in theaters (Patti Cake$ and Wind River), and caught three films on Netflix for the first time: Animal House, 13 Hours, and Written on the Wind, my favorite of the five.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

The hubby and I couldn't decide on any one of the paltry Labor Day offerings in theatrical release so I watched The Presidio with Mark Harmon, Sean Connery, and Meg Ryan on Hulu (bad) and continued my Charmed marathon on Netflix. Late summer yet again has proven to be a prime time for quality counterprogramming, especially for awards type fare, yet persists in being a movie wasteland.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

I saw Logan Lucky and smiled through the whole thing! I wish it were making more money, it's really good.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I saw Ingrid Goes West. To me, Aubrey Plaza gives the best performance by an actress this year by far. I also went and saw Good Time which was..just good. It's like a slow, arthouse Dog Day Afternoon.

Lastly, I rewatched the film Starred Up and honestly, it packed the same emotional gut punch as it did the first time. Also, Jack O'Connell and Ben Mendelsohn should be in every movie. They are a masterclass in acting in this film.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Saw BEACH RATS. Very good film to see for end-of-summer.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Excited to see the new Kathy Bates show on Netflix. BUT I only lasted 5 minutes. WTF, people? A laugh track in 2017? Maybe it was filmed before a live audience, but with streaming today, I couldn't get past that nonsense. Anyway, during that 5 minutes, I wished that Netflix gave the cash to Mike White and Laura Dern to make more Enlightened episodes instead.

Also caught up with Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester in Undercover on Amazon Prime. Decent BBC drama, fine acting, and better than anything in the theater right now.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Watched the Bates new series on Netflix and really disliked it.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenternatalie

I was (stuck?) at a mountain cabin all by myself this weekend, so I watched Nymphomaniac, Parts 1 and 2. Least sexy movie ever about sex. I felt sorry for all involved though they were really trying their best.

I watched Broken Embraces which I thought was pretty good right until the end when they showed an extended scene from the "comedy" that was butchered. It didn't have laughs at all and went on for too long. Up till then it was a Hitchcockian delight.

Finally, I saw The Great Beauty which seemed like a 21st Century La Dolce Vita. I thought it was beautiful to look at, but I can't say I really enjoyed it or got much deep meaning from it.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Hollywood

@Natalie - I think that will also help "It" - a lot of people are excited for that one.

I finally saw The Big Sick and really liked it. An odd but interesting story with charming actors - fairly funny and moving. Everyone said it was too long so I guess I expected to feel that way too and was pleasantly surprised when I didn't mind the running time.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

Saw POLINA, which had its charms but didn't leave a strong impression (and definitely under-utilized Juliette Binoche), and GOOK, which *did*, mostly in a good way, although it goes a bit off the rails - or rather, just tries a bit too hard - in the last 20-30 minutes.

I, too, am glad WIND RIVER has found an audience.

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterlylee

"If you saw Do it Like an Hombre, please report: was it as dated and homophobic-despite-being-about-how-homophobia-is-stupid as it looked?"

It's worst... The movie it's BAD beyond words, and not only because it ends up being homophobic as f''k, but because it's just a plain bad movie.... actually, is one of the worst movies I've ever seen in my life (bad direction, bad writing, bad acting, stupid plot, no single "joke" is funny, etc...).

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFernando Moss

I re-watched Kubrick's "2001" which is a true visionary classic- even after all these years the visual effects still dazzle but why hasn't it been released in IMAX- if any film was made for big screen it's this one

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

I haven't been to the movies in a few weeks, so all of my movie-watching has been at home. The movie that's most on my mind is mother!, and the excitement of seeing Michelle Pfeiffer in a dark/supernatural thriller led me to revisit What Lies Beneath, a movie that I unabashedly love. I also revisited the 60s oddity The Swimmer. It's such an interesting artifact of its time and clearly a very transitional piece - not quite a "studio" movie, but not a part of the New Hollywood movement either.

Movies I watched for the first time were The Godfather Part III (not as bad as everyone said, I didn't even mind Sofia), Law of Desire (AMAZING!!!!!), The Dinner (I really liked it, but I know many will/have not), My Cousin Rachel (feels oddly bloodless, I think the story requires a little less restraint) and Rogue One (it was fine).

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterthefilmjunkie

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